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COLLEGE FOOTBALL : Far West Roundup : Wyoming Shakes Up BYU, 29-27

October 11, 1987

Wyoming's Shawn Wiggins wasn't the only one surprised when he threw what was the game-winning pass Saturday.

"I think BYU was shocked with that play," said Wiggins, whose two-point conversion pass on a broken play enabled Wyoming to beat Brigham Young, 29-27, in a Western Athletic Conference game at Provo, Utah. "They didn't expect it. I didn't either."

Craig Burnett passed for 308 yards and 3 touchdowns to help Wyoming (4-2) take control in the WAC race with a 3-0 record.

With his team down, 14-0, at halftime, Burnett tied the score with third-quarter touchdown passes of 4 and 10 yards to Tom Kilpatrick and Darrell Perkins.

He gave his team the lead for good with a 30-yard pass to Anthony Sargent, followed by Wiggins' conversion pass.

Gerald Abraham later scored on a one-yard run to help the Cowboys go on top, 29-14, early in the fourth quarter.

The Cougars (3-3, 1-1), playing before 65,921, BYU's largest crowd ever, tried to come back on the throwing arm of Bob Jensen, who passed for 391 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Texas El Paso 34, San Diego St. 33--Harold Collins caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Pat Hegarty with 2:16 remaining to lift the Miners to a WAC victory at San Diego.

The win improved the Miners to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the WAC.

Collins' touchdown came two plays after defensive tackle Jeb Moseley jarred the ball loose from San Diego State quarterback Todd Santos, and Doug Morgan recovered for the Miners at the Aztec 26. It was San Diego's only turnover. The Aztecs are 1-5 and 1-3.

Hawaii 41, New Mexico 31--At Albuquerque, N.M., quarterback Walter Briggs accounted for 294 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Rainbow Warriors in a game that featured nearly 1,000 yards in offense.

The Rainbow Warriors, 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the WAC, totaled 567 yards in offense, 453 on the ground, and 30 first downs. New Mexico, 0-5 and 0-3, accumulated 415 yards, 396 through the air against the nation's No. 5 team against the pass.

Briggs completed 6 of 10 passes for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushed 32 times for 180 yards and a touchdown. New Mexico's Barry Garrison completed 27 of 47 passes for 396 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Utah 24, Colorado St. 23--Scott Mitchell connected with Curt Jones on a three-yard scoring pass with 54 seconds left at Fort Collins, Colo., to rally the Utes past the Rams.

The comeback was fueled by Mitchell, who completed 24 of 36 passes for 277 yards for Utah, 4-2 and 0-2.

Colorado State, which led, 23-7, at halftime, is 0-6 overall and 0-3 in the WAC.

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